Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen today issued a bulletin providing guidance to Iowa consumers and insurers regarding the CMS decision to allow transitional policies to be extended through calendar year 2022.

β€œI appreciate federal authorities providing flexibility to the Iowa Insurance Division to extend transitional policies.  Without this option, roughly 1.1 million individuals nationally and 65,000 Iowans would be forced off their healthcare plans.  Thousands of Iowans have renewed their transitional insurance plans that were originally purchased prior to 2014.  Iowans should be assured that they have access to healthcare coverage that fits their needs and not be forced to purchase unaffordable coverage,” Ommen said.  β€œUltimately, only Congress can fix the structural flaws within the ACA. Until Congress acts, transitional policies need to be extended.”